Garry Brown (athlete)

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Garry Brown
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Australia
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1982 Brisbane 400 m hurdles
Silver medal – second place 1978 Edmonton 400 m hurdles
Bronze medal – third place 1978 Edmonton 4×400 m relay

Garry Brown (born 27 October 1954)[1] is an Australian former track and field athlete who specialised in the 400 metres hurdles. He was the champion in that event at the 1982 Commonwealth Games after winning two minor medals at the 1978 Commonwealth Games. His personal best of 49.37 seconds was set as part of his Commonwealth win.

Career[edit]

Raised in Queensland, he began to reach the top level nationally in the late 1970s, taking the runner-up spot at the Australian Athletics Championships behind Peter Grant in 1977.[2] He was coached by former hurdler Gary Knoke.[3] Brown's first international appearances came at the 1977 IAAF World Cup (sixth in the final) and the 1977 Pacific Conference Games, where he was the gold medallist at the Canberra-hosted event.[4][5] He also came third in the 400 m hurdles at the AAA Championships in England that year, beaten by Rich Graybehl and Alan Pascoe.[6]

Brown was among the favourites for the 1978 Commonwealth Games, but in the strong wind of the final both he and Alan Pascoe of England (the defending champion) were beaten by Kenya's Daniel Kimaiyo, who was the newly minted All-Africa Games champion. Brown was left with the silver medal in the hurdles.[7] After his individual medal, he added a further bronze medal with the Australian 4×400 metres relay team of Chum Darvall, John Higham and Rick Mitchell.[2]

After missing 1979, the 1980 season saw Brown become the Australian national champion in the hurdles for the first time. He repeated that feat two consecutive times and his 1982 time of 49.89 seconds was the fastest electronically recorded time at the championships until 1988.[8] He placed sixth at both the 1981 IAAF World Cup and the 1981 Pacific Conference Games, but came away with a relay gold medal at the latter competition.[2]

In the last major season of his career, he began with a runner-up finish at the AAA Championships behind America's James King.[6] The 1982 Commonwealth Games was held in Brisbane and he was the home favourite for the 400 m hurdles. Coming into the final straight, Ugandan Peter Rwamuhanda was in first place but, after a stumble at the final hurdle Brown, took the lead. Brown had a lifetime best in the race, running 49.37 seconds to become the Commonwealth champion.[7] This time placed him second to Bruce Field (49.32) on the all-time Australian ranking and 15th in the world rankings that year.[9][10] Although only in his late twenties, this proved to be the last major outing internationally as he was not part of the Australian relay team and withdrew from the first ever Australian squad for the 1983 World Championships in Athletics.[2] He still competed successfully at a national level up to 1984.[11]

After his retirement from active competition, he went on to become an athletics coach, specialising in teaching hurdling technique. He also published articles on the subject.[12][13] The Queensland Club Championships was titled the Garry Brown Shield in his honour.[14]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
1977 IAAF World Cup Düsseldorf, West Germany 6th 400 m hurdles 50.89
Pacific Conference Games Canberra, Australia 1st 400 m hurdles 51.89
1978 Commonwealth Games Edmonton, Canada 2nd 400 m hurdles 50.04
3rd 4×400 m relay 3:04.23
1981 IAAF World Cup Rome, Italy 6th 400 m hurdles 50.59
Pacific Conference Games Christchurch, New Zealand 1st 4×400 m relay 3:07.03
1982 Commonwealth Games Brisbane, Australia 1st 400 m hurdles 49.37

National titles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Garry Brown Archived 16 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine. Commonwealth Games Association Australia. Retrieved on 2015-03-27.
  2. ^ a b c d "Garry Brown". Australian Athletics Historical Results. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  3. ^ Daly, John Knoke, Gary James (1942–1984) Archived 3 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 17, (MUP), 2007. Retrieved on 2015-03-27.
  4. ^ Garry Brown Archived 5 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine. Track and Field Brinkster. Retrieved on 2015-03-27.
  5. ^ Pacific Conference Games Archived 5 October 2018 at the Wayback Machine. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2015-03-27.
  6. ^ a b AAA Championships Archived 11 December 2012 at the Wayback Machine. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2015-03-27.
  7. ^ a b Groom, Graham (2013). THE COMPLETE BOOK OF THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES Archived 2 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Lulu. Retrieved on 2015-03-27.
  8. ^ Australian Championships Archived 24 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2015-03-27.
  9. ^ Rankings ALLTIME (@ 27.01.15).pdf Archived 21 March 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Athletics Australia. Retrieved on 2015-03-27.
  10. ^ 1982 Men's 400 Metres Hurdles Rankings. Mennea. Retrieved on 2015-03-27.
  11. ^ 1984 Men's 400 Metres Hurdles rankings Archived 6 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Mennea. Retrieved on 2015-03-27.
  12. ^ 400m hurdles Archived 2 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre. Retrieved on 2015-03-27.
  13. ^ CLEARANCE TECHNIQUE DIFFERENCES IN THE HIGH AND 400M HURDLES Archived 5 July 2016 at the Wayback Machine. Hurdle Central. Retrieved on 2015-03-27.
  14. ^ Queensland Club Championships: Garry Brown Shield Archived 26 March 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Queensland Athletics. Retrieved on 2015-03-27.